mining strikes in south africa

The crippling strike action that began on the 23 rd of January 2014 in the platinum sector had a negative impact on total mining production. For the first five months of 2014 total mining output contracted by 1,9% compared with the first five months of 2013.

South Africa is the world's largest producer of platinum with 80% of global output, and although the multiplier effect of the strike (that hit 40% of global production) will take time to filter through to the rest of the economy, the direct impact of the mining strike on first quarter 2014 growth is glaringly evident – a GDP reduction of 1.3%.

Months of mining strikes in South Africa pushed its economy into contraction in the first quarter of this year, and with no resolution in sight, the outlook remains bleak. South Africa's real ...

The strike has hit about 40% of global production of the precious metal, which is used for catalytic converters in vehicles and is a key source of hard currency for South Africa.

The strike lasted five months, ending in June 2014 when producers reached an agreement with the main labour unions. The immediate impacts on local mining towns were particularly severe, but our research shows that the strike could also have long lasting negative impacts on the South African …

Strikes have been a familiar aspect of the South African mining history, most memorably with the Markiana massacre in 2012. The strike started at a Lonmin mine near Rustenburg, and 41 mineworkers were killed by police.

Dec 05, 2007· South Africa's crucial mining sector was hit Tuesday by its biggest strike in two decades, as tens of thousands of workers stayed home to protest poor safety conditions.

The South African mining industry shed 20,000 jobs in the 12 months leading to June 2013, and that trend was set to continue due to low margins, cost pressures and volatile commodity prices. Additionally, labour costs in the mining sector account for 45% to 50% of total cost, while the global average was 30 to 40% of total cost, with employee ...

A South African miners' strike that has crippled the world's top platinum producers for more than five months appeared at an end on Monday as a union leader said the dispute was "officially ...

Meanwhile, however, the Guardian, a progressive South African weekly, the only paper which totally supported the strike, was sued by four mining companies for 40,000 pounds for publishing the Unions memorandum on the grounds that it was false and that the recruiting of …

strikes in the mining sector are a common annual occurrence in South Africa, with an average of 1 030 workdays lost per annum for every 100 workers from 2007 to 2011, where the unions negotiate for higher wage rates in order to benefit union members

Whereas South Africa's first-ever mining charter, introduced in 2004 and revised six years later, was the product of extensive talks with the industry, the new rules were simply handed down ...

Miners belonging to the 250,000-strong South African National Union of Miners (NUM) took one-day strike action on Tuesday, December 4. The strike, the first national walkout by miners since the ...

Top 10 Famous Strikes in Recent History - Listverse. Nov 17, 2011· Here are ten of the most famous strikes in recent history, South Africa Miners Strike, the entirety of the mining industry went on strike …

The public sector strikes have involved more workers and in 2010 resulted in South Africa having a higher number of workdays lost per 1000 workers than the UK had in 1979 – the winter of discontent or during their miners' strike in the early 1980's.

South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) signed a three-year wage deal with AngloGold Ashanti, inking the same agreement that other unions reached with the company earlier in the week ...

Mining strikes are proliferating around the world, hitting global mining companies as well as regional ones. Some of the job actions, which stretch from Peru to Africa to Indonesia, have remained ...

Coal miners wage strike looming . Thursday 9 November 2017 - 2:24pm Members of the South African National Union of Mineworkers from the Gold mining sector, demonstrate in front of the South Africa ...

The longest strike in South Africa's history has ended. For nearly five long months, platinum miners affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) held out against the arrogance and intransigence of the platinum mine bosses.

Mining strikes will have a large impact on South Africa's future. It's exposed a gap between elected union and political leaders on one side and the workers they represent on the other.

(Pampallis, Foundations of the New South Africa. p.247) Coverage of the strike was all over the newspapers, and the workers received a small wage increase. Durban was also the home to Frame Industries Group, one of the largest textile manufacturers in the world at the time and one of the lowest-paying firms in South Africa.

A wave of violent, wildcat strikes that erupted periodically in 2012 rooted in a turf war between AMCU and the National Union of Mineworkers, cost platinum and gold producers over R16-billion that year, when the current account gap was 5,2% of gross domestic product (GDP). Mining production ...

South Africa is a world leader in mining, and mining remains the back bone of the country's economy. It has been so since the precious metal was discovered in Johannesburg around 1887. The country ...

The GDP of South Africa contracted in the first quarter of 2014, pulled down by the steepest drop in mining production (25% of which 19% was directly attributable to the strike) in 50 years. [1] [6] It was the first contraction since 2009. [8]

The world's top three platinum producers and the upstart union that led an unprecedented five-month strike signed an agreement on Tuesday, bringing to an end the longest and costliest wage ...

After five months, South Africa's platinum miners strike has ended with a deal that will see the lowest paid workers receiving increases of R1,000 (£55) a month.

Miners' Strike. South Africa 1922. Synopsis. In early 1922, white South African workers in the Witwatesrand gold mining region went on strike. The strike soon became a violent rebellion—sometimes known as the Rand Revolt—that pitted the white miners against the mine owners and the government.

South Africa has not experienced a national mining strike since 2005. Last week 150,000 coal and diamond miners went on strike and were followed by 200,000 gold miners.

Striking miners at a rally near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on Thursday. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images Tens of thousands of platinum miners went on strike in South Africa on ...

In what seems like an annual event, platinum mining companies in South Africa are bracing for what could be another year of labour unrest. The firms that mine the precious metal and the labour ...

South Africa's share of global gold production has fallen sharply over the years and in the run-up to the strike, mining employers have given stark warnings of an industry on the path to ...

The South African mining strike that began on September 10th has continued to spread throughout the country. As the strike has picked up momentum, investors have begun to …

Miners' Strike. South Africa 1946. Synopsis. In August 1946 the African Mine Workers Union (AMWU) in South Africa called a strike of black miners in the country's Witwatersrand gold producing region. The strike was the first widespread action taken by African workers since 1920.